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March 05
YVCC Music Department presents Jazz Night

​Yakima Campus – Yakima Valley Community College Music Department presents Jazz Night on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:00pm in Kendall Hall Auditorium.

The evening will feature students from YVCC's Salsa Band directed by David Blink, YVCC's Jazz Combo directed by Jeff Norwood, the Sunnyside High School Band directed by David Chavey-Reynaud, and the Washington Middle School Jazz Band directed by Robert Nelson.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 509.574.4881.

March 05
FAFSA/WASFA Workshop to Help Students Gain Access to Money for College

Yakima Campus-Yakima Valley Community College will host a FAFSA/WASFA Workshop on Tuesday, March 17 from 3:00-6:00pm in the Deccio Higher Education Center, room C206.

Students who attend the workshop will have the opportunity to receive assistance in completing either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Volunteers will be available to help students and answer questions. There is no cost to attend.

FAFSA: The FAFSA is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to students in need. In addition, many states and colleges use the FAFSA data to determine eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use FAFSA information to determine whether students qualify for their aid.

WASFA: A new state law recently expanded the eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and satisfy the following residency criteria:

  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED (or will do so before beginning college)

  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent

  • Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply

    Whether you choose a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school, this event can help you get financial aid. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend with their student. Students may attend alone; however, they will need to bring as many of the parent/guardian items as possible.

Student should bring:

  • Your Social Security number and/or card (if applicable)

  • Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Your driver's license or state identification card, if you have one

  • If you were born after December 31, 1991 bring parent(s) and their 2014 income data (W-2's or year-end pay stub and/or 2014 tax return) or, if taxes have not yet be filed, 2014 year-end earnings information and a copy of the 2013 tax return.

  • If you were born before January 1992, are married, have dependents you support or are active in or a veteran of the U.S. armed services, bring your 2014 year-end income information or your 2014 year-to-date income information and a copy of your 2013 tax form.

  • Statements showing current balance/value of checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds and real estate or other investments (but not your primary residence). Records of untaxed income such as child support received; or payments tax deferred pensions or IRS.SEP, or Keogh plans.

  • Records of any federal need based benefits any family member received such as SSI, food stamps, free or reduced school lunches, TANF or WIC.

    Parents/guardians should bring:

  • Your Social Security number and/or card and date of birth (if applicable)

  • Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Parent W-2 forms and other records of any money earned in 2014

  • Parent income tax return for 2014. If this is not available, students and families can estimate the information using 2014 year-to-day income information and a copy of the 2013 tax form and make corrections to the FAFSA at a later time.

  • Statements showing current balance/value of checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds, and real estate or other investments (but not your primary residence).

  • Records of untaxed income such as child support received; or payments tax deferred pensions or IRS.SEP, or Keogh plans.

  • Records of any federal need based benefits any family member received such as SSI, Food Stamps, free or reduced school lunches, TANF or WIC.

These documents may not be available to all students, but do not let it discourage you from coming. Volunteers will be able to help get your FAFSA or WASFA application started with whatever information you can provide and you'll be able fill in the blanks once you have obtained all the needed information. All information and documents shared with volunteers will be kept private and confidential. Information will only be used to help students and families apply for financial aid.

For more information: 509.574.4701 or 509.574.4965.

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March 03
YVCC’s Winter Biology Lecture Series continues "A Symphony of Butterflies in Yakima"

​Yakima Campus - Yakima Valley Community College, in collaboration with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, presents the Winter Biology Lecture Series. Admission is free and open to the community.​

A Symphony of Butterflies in Yakima
Presenter: Dr. David G. James
March 25, 2015 • 7:00pm • Butler Haney Hall Auditorium 301, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, 200 University Parkway, Yakima, WA

Yakima's Cowiche Canyon is a unique habit for butterflies that come to life each spring, providing us with a living symphony of color and movement. Beginning in early April, the tiny Lucia Azure flies among the spring flowers in the Cowiche Canyon. This is the only place in the Yakima Valley where this rare butterfly lives. As spring advances, more butterfly species are added to the melody, including Ringlets, Crescents, Tortoiseshells, Cloaks, Blues, and more. In this presentation, Dr. David James will provide a colorful and fascinating look at Yakima's butterfly symphony, their lives and their place in ours. He will feature the Lucia's Azure, Coronis Fritillary, Tiger Swallowtail, and the Monarch. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to be involved in the study and conservation of these amazing and beautiful creatures.

Dr. David James became interested in butterflies at the age of 8 when he started rearing caterpillars in the garden shed. Born and raised in England, Dr. James studied Zoology at the University of Salford near Manchester, then migrated to Australia to work for the New South Wales Department of Agriculture. Later he obtained a Ph.D. on the winter biology of Monarch butterflies in Sydney and worked as a scientist developing non-pesticidal ways to control insect pests in agriculture. In 1999, Dr. James moved to Washington and is now an associate professor at Washington State University in Prosser working on biological control of insect and mite pests in Washington vineyards. He has published more than 600 articles on insects and mites and in 2011 published a well-received book on Pacific Northwest butterflies called "Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies". The focus of Dr. James' current work is the sustainability of integrated pest management and conservation biological control in viticulture, insect conservation and community research and education projects with Washington wine grape growers, Washington State Penitentiary and Yakima's Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.

For more information: 509.574.4858.

February 26
YVCC offers IBEST Business Technology

​Yakima Campus – YVCC is currently enrolling students for IBEST Business Technology classes for spring quarter beginning March 30, 2015. YVCC's  IBEST Business Technology program is a one year program that offers students, 18 years or older, the opportunity to obtain general office skills while reinforcing basic reading, writing and math. Students can earn two certificates - Office Skills I and Office Skills II. The program is approximately $1,300 per quarter. Grant funding is available for eligible students. 

Eligibility: Those with a high school diploma/GED need to Compass place into English 81T/90T and Math 49C. Those working on earning their high school diploma/GED need to CASAS place into Reading/Writing- level 4 and Math- level 3.

How to Register: Those interested in enrolling must schedule a meeting with YVCC WorkFirst Coordinator Kayla Crawford no later than March 13, 2015. For more information contact 509.574.4745 /

For more information about IBEST Business Technology certificates at YVCC visit the Career Connection Center website at

February 26
YVCC offers Flagger Training - March 20

​Grandview Campus - Yakima Valley Community College will host Flagger Certification Training on March 20, 2015. YVCC's Flagger Training provides certification for work zone traffic control flaggers. Participants will receive a flagger handbook, classroom instruction, and group planning activities and have the opportunity to take the Washington State certification exam. The training will be held from 8:00am-4:00pm in YVCC's Workforce Building, Room U199, on the Grandview Campus. The cost is $45. Deadline to register is March 18.

 How to Register

     Step 1:   Go to YVCC's Grandview Campus Main Building;
                      Located at 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA

     Step 2:   Complete the registration form

     Step 3:   Pay the $45.00 course fee

     Step 4:   Bring a copy of your receipt to the training

One-day classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the academic year at YVCC.
For more information visit or contact 509.574.4911 or


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